"This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)" as written by Elena Jane Goulding and Finlay Graham Dow Smith....
Who are we to be emotional
Who are we to play with hearts
And throw away it all
Who are we to turn each others heads
Who are we to find ourselves in other people's beds
I don't like the way I never listen to myself
I feel like I'm on fire, I'm too shy to cry for help
I don't think you know me much at all

This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall
This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall
I'm feeling down about this love

Who are you to make me feel so good
Who are we to tell ourselves that we're misunderstood
Oh who am I to say I'm always yours
Who am I to choose the boy that everyone adores
Oh I don't see a reason why we can't just be apart
Now we're falling on each other like we're always in the dark
Oh I don't think you warned me much at all

This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall
This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall
This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall

This love is not what you want
This heart will never be yours
This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall

This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall


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"This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)" as written by Finlay Graham Dow Smith Ellie Goulding

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  • +7
    General CommentI think it's about her being irritated with herself for falling in love with someone that she shouldn't. She knows there will be no happy ending and that it will be her 'downfall', and she's constantly trying to convince herself that the person she wants isn't hers, and owes her nothing, so she shouldn't be feeling so 'emotional' about it. She's basically fighting her own feelings. X
    nineteenninetytwoon July 03, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commentellie has stated in an interview that the song is aout people cheating on each other.."who are we to find ourselves in other peoples beds" the person has been cheated on and it will be the end of them if they stay in this relationship
    scoobydogon November 12, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentEllie Goulding is incredible.
    jazzypopson March 09, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this isn't about herrr getting hurt but her being worried because she knows that she'll hurt. Not everyone is the victim I think she is worried about being the one who causes the hurt.

    "Who are we to play with hearts and throw it all away?" She can feel herself playing with this persons emotions.

    "I'm feeling down about this love" She's noticing a lack of interest and knows things are going wrong

    "Who am I to say Im always yours" She can't promise that she'll always be there for this person because "always yours" is a big promise to keep.
    whyarealltheusernamesalwaystakenon February 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the line is actually "I feel like I'm on fire and too shy to cry for help"
    smuffyon April 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionWell everyone else seems to believe it's about her hurting someone else, and not about someone else hurting her. Well, I think it's about falling in love with someone, and all of the past is "who are we to sleep in other people's beds?" because they should be sleeping in their beds, because they're in love. And everything is the past, because it says "this love is be and end-all, this love will be your downfall" and end-all means ultimate goal, and their ultimate goal is to be in love with each other. And downfall means a loss of power, so they have no control over not falling in love with each other, so it's all just a happy ending.
    livi333on September 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPersonally I believe the song is about cheating on others. 'Who are you to make me feel so good?' could mean that the person hates the fact she is enjoying something she knows she shouldn't be. It feels too good to leave even though they know the end of the relationship will be terrible.
    AimeeLizon August 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment?
    nataliemalleeon May 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo about the chorus, I'm thinking that she's speaking to herself.
    As in: this will be my downfall.

    It's the only thing that makes sense..
    Brodon June 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationShe's in love with someone but knows that it will only hurt him, she knows it's not right so she can't put all of herself into it. I don't think she is talking about herself, and doesn't feel like she can contribute anything to his future.
    jushankon February 20, 2012   Link

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